Sunday, November 20, 2005

JVP kills Muslim couple in Batticaloa

Unidentified gunmen believed to be members of the JVP (Marxist Sinhalese extremist) are being blamed for the brutal murder of a Muslim couple in their home.

Mr. Meerasaivu Ahammed Lebbe, 44, and his wife Fowziya Lebbaithamby, 43, were murdered at 1:30 a.m. in Miravodai, a Muslim village 28 km northwest of Batticaloa.
Mr. Ahammad Lebbe, is a well known supporter of the United National Party (UNP) in the area. In the recent presidential elections the UNP scored a major victory in the same.
Residents told this website that they had been previously warned by armed Sinhalese Buddhist elements of the consequences of voting for the pro peace Ranil Wickaramasingha.
Four Muslim worshippers were killed and more than 18 devotees were injured Friday morning when gun men believed to be JVP members lobbed grenades into the Akkraipattu Grand Mosque, in Amparai District.

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